Landlords who own properties with a positive energy-efficiency rating are likely to enjoy greater success in the buy-to-let market, it has been claimed.

According to the National Landlords Association (NLA), investing in energy-saving measures could help make homes more attractive to prospective tenants.

Anthony Zahra, a spokesperson for the organisation, said that over 2,000 energy performance certificates (EPCs) had been handed out since their introduction in July.

He said that landlords had already begun investing in energy-saving measures prior to the launch of the scheme in response to growing demand from tenants.

"With the credit crunch tenants are looking for lower fuel bills and landlords seem to be responding positively to this,"Mr Zahra commented.

He added that ensuring the environmental impact and fuel costs of a property could also help to ensure that tenants stay in the home for some time.

The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property and recommends improvements to help save money and reduce carbon emissions.

Ensuring a home is energy-efficient can also boost the value of the property by an average of over £3,000, according to the Energy Saving Trust.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18963922-ADNFCR

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